May 2016

Live From Prairie Lights: Translator Carl Skoggard—The Sonnets of Walter Benjamin

May 4, 2016
Wed, 05/04/2016 - 14:00
Walter Benjamin (1892—1940) was a German philosopher and cultural critic and one of the most important theorists of the 20th century. These 73 poems, written to mourn his friend Fritz Heinle, constitute an important, though little-known, part of Benjamin's literary achievement and a unique contribution to the history of the German sonnet. Carl Skoggard will read his English translations of these previously unpublished poems, and Iowa City musician and writer Liv Carrow will read the sonnets in their original language. This is Skoggard’s third translation of Benjamin’s work.

Live From Prairie Lights: Vi Khi Nao

May 3, 2016
Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:00
Vi Khi Nao will read from her new book of poetry The Old Philosopher, winner of the 2014 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize. The Old Philosopher is enigmatic, sexual, biblical, anachronistic, political, and personal all at once. In this groundbreaking book, Vi Khi Nao conflates biblical time with the contemporary political situation, allowing current affairs to converse with a more ancient and historical reality. Vi Khi Nao holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry.

Live From Prairie Lights: Translator Carl Skoggard—The Sonnets of Walter Benjamin

May 3, 2016
Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:00
Walter Benjamin (1892—1940) was a German philosopher and cultural critic and one of the most important theorists of the 20th century. These 73 poems, written to mourn his friend Fritz Heinle, constitute an important, though little-known, part of Benjamin's literary achievement and a unique contribution to the history of the German sonnet. Carl Skoggard will read his English translations of these previously unpublished poems, and Iowa City musician and writer Liv Carrow will read the sonnets in their original language. This is Skoggard’s third translation of Benjamin’s work.

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